13 Essential Nutrients

Dairy foods are accessible, affordable, taste great, come in a number of varieties and provide a unique nutrient profile that can help make eating better easier and more enjoyable.

Dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese are fundamental to good nutrition. Eating a balanced diet with a variety of foods to get essential nutrientsĀ is important to maintain healthy gut and immune function and optimize overall wellness.


These nutrients help our bodies function properly. For example:

  • Protein helps build and repair muscle tissue
  • Calcium and vitamin D help build and maintain strong bones and teeth
  • Protein, zinc, selenium and vitamins A and D help support a healthy immune system.


Milk also contains B vitamins, which can help your body convert food into fuel:

  • Vitamin B-12
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
  • Niacin (B3)


13 essential nutrients in milk


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